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Porsche: There is no substitute, but there is a more affordable option

If you've always wanted a Porsche of your own, or if you're fortunate enough to have one, but want a spare to play with, you owe it to yourself to checkout the latest remote control car from Silverlit.




Kudos to Silverlit for making such an authentic model. I showed it to a friend of mine who happens to own the very same full size 911 Carrera, even in the same silver color, and he was blown away!




There are several remote control vehicles that use an iPhone or iPad to control them, but many of them require a physical adaptor which can easily be lost or broken. I like that the Silverlit models (and there are several... more on that later) use Bluetooth for future proof communication.




This also enables newer devices, like the rumored iPad mini and iPhone 5, with a different, smaller dock connector. Remote control cars that require the 30pin connector will have trouble with those devices, not to mention Android ones.




The slick app, which leverages the iPad if you have one, lets you use a joystick mode or accelerometer control, whichever you prefer. The Porsche even has working car lights and car horn.




As mentioned earlier, there are other remote control cars from Silverlit, including several Ferrari's. I didn't get to try the Ferrari model, but I am reminded of my favorite scene from Against All Odds. In that movie, Jeff Bridges and James Woods race their Porsche and Ferrari, respectively, down Sunset Boulevard at high speed. I actually had a real Ferrari Mondial a few years ago, and that Porsche owning friend and I would cruise around pretending that we were those guys! With Silverlit, we could safely, and more affordably recreate those days and that car chase!




The Silverlit Porsche makes a great gift, even if the recipient has an Android device, as many of those are supported as well. Check the website for details.






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Todd Bernhard is founder of No Tie Software, an app developer specializing in Ringtones and Sound FX including AutoRingtone.

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip, but over the years, Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62.

In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.